Get help with your immigration status or deportation defense.

Facing a deportation or trying to navigate the complicated world of United States immigration and citizenship can be tough. Learn how the Hacking Law Practice helps the people of St. Louis, Missouri with residence permits, asylum issues, employment- or family-based immigration, and deportation defense. Don’t lose your right to live and work in this great country.


If you face persecution back in your home country, you may be eligible for asylum in the United States. Don’t go it alone. Find out how you can greatly increase your chances of success while trying to stay in the United States through a well-crafted asylum application.

Citizenship / Naturalization

You came to the United States many years ago through a family or employment visa or as a refugee or asylee.  You worked hard and eventually obtained lawful permanent resident status.  You have waited the required time period and are ready to move ahead towards become a full U.S. citizen.  Two pieces of advice: (1) don’t wait any longer and (2) don’t go it alone.  Learn how our firm can help you with this process.

Deportation Defense

If you or a loved one is facing deportation back to your home country, it could be for any number of reasons. Since the 9/11 attacks, we have seen an increase in the number of people deported from the United States, and we are willing to help you fight this process so that you can stay in the country. The Hacking Law Practice can help you with your deportation defense in several ways. Jim will advocate on your behalf in the deportation case itself. If a challenge needs to be made to the underlying factual basis of the deportation proceedings, for instance a criminal charge, Jim may be able to go back to the criminal court and try to obtain a more favorable disposition. If your case needs to be appealed, Jim’s experience as a litigator and appellate advocate will serve you well.

Employment Visas

As your company grows, you may want to hire foreign workers to help your company take the next step. Under current immigration law, you can apply for a nonimmigrant visa so as to allow that individual to come to, or remain in, the United States.  Later, you can sponsor that person for permanent resident status.  Find out how instituting an intelligent visa strategy can help maximize your chances of success at USCIS.

Family Based Visas

You are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident in the U.S. and you would like to bring a family member to this country. Find out what you need to know in order to understand the visa process. Increase the chances of success by making sure you follow USCIS policies and procedures as best you can. Find out how here.

Green Card – LPR Status

Obtaining lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) status, or a “green card”, is another step towards citizenship.  In many cases, it is more difficult to obtain LPR status than citizenship.  Read about the various ways that you may be eligible for a green card and to find out how the Hacking Law Practice can help you with that important task.

Immigration Delay Litigation

Have you been waiting too long for naturalization or for your green card? Our clients tell us that InfoPass appointments, calling the USCIS 1-800 number and sending letter after letter does no good when trying to get USCIS to act on an application. Learn how asserting your rights in federal court can lead to the one thing you want – action – from USCIS.

I-9 Compliance

Individuals who want to work in the United States must have authorization to do so.  Federal statutes and regulations, as well as an increasing number of state laws, govern this complex area of the law.  The verification process can be complicated and confusing.  The Hacking Law Practice, LLC, works with employers to ensure compliance with applicable laws.